There’s something so festive about mulled wine.
You needn’t go out and buy mulled wine to enjoy it though, it’s dead simple to make and you can easily do it in your kitchen at home. Here’s how.
• 2 clementine oranges
• The peel of 1 lemon
• The peel of 1 lime
• 250g of caster sugar
• 6 whole cloves
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 whole nutmeg
• 2 bottles of red wine
• Peel large sections of peel from your oranges, lemon and lime
• Put the sugar into a large saucepan on a low heat, add the peel and squeeze in the lemon juice
• Add the cloves, cinnamon stick and approximately 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg
• Add just enough red wine to cover the sugar
• Let the mixture simmer until the sugar has dissolved and then bring it to the boil
• Keep it boiling until the mixture becomes a rich thick syrup, this way the spices will infuse properly and bond with the wine
• Once the syrup is ready, turn down the heat and add your red wine
• Gently heat the wine again, after about five minutes and when it’s nice and warm it should be ready to serve.
Let the spices cook away gently, so that the flavours mingle properly with the wine. Just leave it ticking over on a low heat and you can serve it to your friends and family directly from the pot.
Based on a recipe by Jamie Oliver.
Editorial by Nicholas Chidley
10 July 2012
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